Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Above, the logo of Ansar Allah commonly known as Houthis. Image taken from their official Twitter account, which includes the Quranic verse, ”O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah (ansar allah).” The flag says, “God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse the Jews, Victory to Islam.”
Below are 2 reports about the Houthi attack.
1. The Iranian-backed (Houthi) suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials said. Friends, I would bet $5.00 the Houthis saw the Saudi Arabian flag on the ship. At first glance this seems like more "fake" news tp manipulate or distract the American public.
The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile.
But based on new analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence officials now believe this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel.
In the audio heard on the video, a voice narrating the attack shouts in Arabic, "Allahu akbar [God is great], death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory for Islam."
U.S. defense analysts believe those behind the attack either thought the bomber was striking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole, according to one official.
The attack, near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, occurred in the same area where U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October.
An American destroyer shot down those incoming missiles -- the first successful engagement in combat using an American SM-2 missile.
USS Nitze, an American destroyer, retaliated soon after, launching Tomahawk missiles on October 13 at multiple Houthi radar sites in Yemen.
This latest incident came a day after President Trump spoke by phone with the Saudi King to discuss setting up safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen. Senior U.S. defense officials who spoke with Fox News say they're concerned by this latest incident, but are confident American warships can defend themselves.
The United States has supported a Saudi-led air campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015.
2. The Houthi movement, flag above, attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen on Monday, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others.
The Houthis also said they launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition military base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea on Tuesday morning.
There was no immediate coalition reaction to that claim and it was unclear if there were any casualties. The attacks signal an escalation to weeks of combat on Yemen’s western coast between the Iran-allied Houthis and the coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
“A Saudi frigate on patrol west of Hodeidah port came under attack from three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias,” the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. One of the boats collided with the rear of the vessel, causing an explosion and a fire that killed two crew members and wounded three others.
The Houthi movement’s al-Masira channel contradicted this account and quoted a military source saying the explosion was caused by a guided missile.
It was at least the second attack by the Houthis on ships off the coast of Yemen in the last six months.
The group is engaged in battles on the mainland with coalition troops and pro-government fighters, who are trying to advance northward to deprive the Houthis of Red Sea ports.
The Saudi-led coalition warned the attack on the ship “would impact international navigation and the flow of humanitarian assistance to the port for Yemeni citizens.”
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have carried out thousands of bombing raids in Yemen since March 2015 in a campaign to try to restore the ousted administration government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former congressman Anthony Weiner (Huma Abedine's husband) over sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl, according to people familiar with the matter.
Weiner, a New York Democrat, is being investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which seized his electronic devices, including a laptop and a cellphone, as part of the probe.
Officials initiated the investigation last fall, after the Daily Mail in the U.K. reported that Mr. Weiner had exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos with the girl.
In recent weeks, according to some of the people familiar with the matter, attorneys for Mr. Weiner have had discussions with federal prosecutors in Manhattan in hopes of dissuading them from bringing charges, or at least from bringing the most serious one: production of child pornography, which carries a 15-year mandatory minimum prison sentence upon conviction.
These types of discussions can indicate both sides are trying to reach an agreement in which the defendant pleads guilty in exchange for a less-severe charge.
Weiner could face the production charge, some of the people familiar with the case say, because he allegedly solicited explicit images from the teenager.
Prosecutors also are weighing other charges, including receipt of child pornography, for which conviction carries a five-year mandatory minimum, and possession of child pornography, which has no mandatory minimum. Legal experts say receipt and possession encompass virtually the same misconduct, but the two charges are a way to give prosecutors more discretion in their charging decisions.
Prosecutors could decide not to bring any charges.
It isn’t known what images prosecutors have found in the course of the investigation. Federal child pornography laws are broadly written, and lawyers who have defended people charged with child pornography say certain types of images could receive lighter treatment under the law, such as photos of nude minors who aren’t engaging in sexually explicit activity.
In determining child-pornography charges, prosecutors often take into account a range of contextual evidence, including whether a person specifically sought out a minor, whether the incident fits a pattern of similar behavior with minors and whether the person knew the individual was a minor.
Mr. Weiner has said he might have been the victim of a hoax. The Daily Mail reported in September that Mr. Weiner had provided the newspaper copies of two emails the teenager sent him that he said “raised questions about her claims.”
Mr. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011, after the first reports that he had lewd exchanges with women online. He attempted a political resurrection with a New York City mayoral bid in 2013, but his career in politics was ultimately extinguished after a fresh round of sexually explicit messages he had exchanged with another woman emerged in the midst of his campaign.
The high-profile criminal probe into Mr. Weiner upended the final days of the 2016 presidential race. Less than two weeks before election day, FBI Director James Comey disclosed that FBI agents had discovered a laptop with emails that might be related to the probe of a private email server used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. The emails turned out to have been on a laptop used by Mr. Weiner and his now-estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Comey ultimately announced, two days before the election, that the search of the laptop had turned up nothing to change investigators’ opinions that Mrs. Clinton shouldn’t be charged in the email investigation.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.
the United States and its allies cannot fight a two front war with Russia, China and their allies.
the United States and its allies cannot fight a two front war with Russia, China and their allies.
I do not think a nation can surround another super power nation that possesses nuclear weapons.
the military industrial complex marches on. Below is Eisenhower's comments on the military industrial complex.
My good friend Richard wrote this article.
You can ask any person, between the ages of 18 and 25, if they have ever heard of the Nuremburg Trials. It is possible that one person out of thirteen will say they have heard of the Trials. However, even that one will not be able to tell you what (not who) was on trial.
Those same people will not be able to tell you the name of the current Vice President.
Eighty four percent of those who receive this email will not completely read it...if they read any of it at all. Ten percent will read it, but they will choose not to forward it on to others. The remaining 6% most likely will forward it.
The war started in the 7th Century and lasted through the 17th Century. Many will contend it never stopped; the facts below are historically correct. That is why many of us choke when we hear someone say we will defeat or contain these Islamic terrorists in a few years, or even "30 years" as has been stated by Leon Panetta.
If the latest batch of murders, beheadings, and killing of innocent Christians has at all shocked you, it is time for you to read this compilation of historical facts about the intense hatred that Muslims have for any and all who are not Muslims.
WE ARE THE STUPID
In 732 A.D., the Muslim Army, which was moving on Paris, was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.
In 1571 A.D., the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto.
In 1683 A.D., the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian armies.
This nonsense has been going on for 1,400 years! The sad thing is that more than half of all politicians do not even know any of this. If these battles had not been won, we would most likely be speaking Arabic. And Christianity could be non-existent. Judaism certainly would not exist!
Reality check: A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Think back: The following events are true historical facts. It has been many years since 1968, but history keeps repeating itself.
1. In 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
2. In 1972, at the Munich Olympics, Israeli athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3. In 1972, a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach. Shortly after landing, it was blown up by Muslim males.
4. In 1973, a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome – with 33 people killed – when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
5. In 1979, the United States Embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
6. During the 1980s, a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7. In 1983, the United States Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked, and a 70-year-old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
9. In 1985, TWA Flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a United States Navy diver – who was trying to rescue passengers – was murdered by Muslim males.
10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim
11. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time by Muslim males.
12. In 1998, the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.
13. On 09/11/01, four airliners were hijacked. Two of the planes were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers. One plane crashed into the United States Pentagon, and the other plane was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by
14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males, a war that continues.
15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by – you guessed it – a Muslim male. (Plus two other American journalists who had just recently been beheaded.)
16. In 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing resulted in four innocent people, including a child, being killed and 264 other people injured by Muslim males.
No, I really do not see a pattern here to justify profiling. Do you? So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone – particularly fanatics intent on killing us – airport security screeners will no long be allowed to profile certain people. So, ask yourself: "Just how stupid are we?!?!"
Have Americans completely lost their minds or just their "power of reason?"
As the writer of the award winning story "Forrest Gump" so aptly put it, "Stupid is as stupid does." You now have the opportunity to send this on to other email contacts. Please do that.
Or you can just sit back, keep complaining and do nothing.